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GREGG: A parlor full of possible ‘pub’ nomineesRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
John R. Gregg / Special to IBJ
As I review the list of potential Democratic nominees, none of the Republican hopefuls can keep the Statehouse in Republican hands.
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BROOKS: Ben Franklin's nation as a world modelRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
David Brooks / New York Times Syndicate
In a world of relative equals, the U.S. will have to learn to define itself by its values.
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COLLINS: Arizona strikes again, with MedicaidRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
Gail Collins / New York Times Syndicate
Try to imagine what the Republicans would have said if someone in the Obama administration proposed cutting off liver transplants for Medicare recipients.
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BOEHM: Gerrymandering causes quiet carnageRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
Those of you who work in manufacturing businesses, and many others, are familiar with the idea that a flawed process produces flawed products.
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VAUGHN: Strip partisanship from redistrictingRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Hoosier Republican leaders must resist the temptation to play political payback with redistricting and instead create a process that is fair, open and free of partisanship.
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CLARK: Economy takes precedence over social issuesRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Murray Clark / Special to IBJ
As long as there is an air of uncertainty around the economic picture, we must remain focused on protecting the progress Indiana has made while weathering what’s left of the economic storm.
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PARKER: Fix Daniels' faltering economy with tax breaksRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Dan Parker / Special to IBJ
With Indiana’s high unemployment, the dismal state of our economy, and a $1 billion budget deficit, social issues should not be our biggest concern.
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EARLY: Campaigns (for 2012) on the horizonRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
The old unwritten rule would have prohibited campaigning for a 2012 office in 2011. You can forget that rule; the reason is money.
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HARRIS: Improved charter laws would lure top operatorsRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
David Harris / Special to IBJ
Education reform promises to be central in the upcoming legislative session and many important reforms are on the agenda.
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MEREDITH: Legislators must ask right questions about educationRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Teresa Meredith / Special to IBJ
Indiana politicians clearly are divided on the “silver bullet” that will reform schools, but in reality, there is no simple solution to such a complicated issue.
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SULLIVAN: Odds for education reform are betterRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Mary Ann Sullivan / Special to IBJ
If there were a full public accounting of our education system’s failure, inadequacy and resulting costs, there would be widespread outrage.
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HEIN: Meet the underreported Dan CoatsRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Jay Hein / Special to IBJ
In a campaign where Dan Coats’ primary and general election opponents questioned his Hoosier bona fides, why didn’t the former senator regale us with his Indiana policy success stories?
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KETZENBERGER: Property tax quandary still in fluxRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
An initial drop in local property taxes overall is likely to increase over time. The questions are when and how?
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RENN: Indiana builds through the hard timesRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Aaron M. Renn / Special to IBJ
Major infrastructure investment at the state and local level is a significant reason for optimism for the long-term competitive positioning for the city and state.
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SHELLA: Spoils of redistricting go to the victorRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
Indiana politicians have never shown an interest in leaving the redistricting duty to others, and don’t look for it to happen anytime soon.
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CAMPBELL: A primer for government reformersRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Steve Campbell / Special to IBJ
Proponents have to connect government reform to the real pocketbook issues that drive people.
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TENBARGE: Act now to build a better IndianaRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Barrett Tenbarge / Special to IBJ
Indiana cannot endure without serious reform, and this session must be approached with the urgency it deserves.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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